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Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai   
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Associated Names
A szárnyaszegett énekesmadár (Hungarian)
Don't Stay Gold
Jittering Birds Never Fly
Pájaro que trina no vuela (Spanish)
Songbirds Never Fly
Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu
The Songbird Doesn't Fly
Twittering Birds Never Fly
Złamane skrzydła (Polish)
Певчая птица крыльями не машет (Russian)
囀る鳥は羽ばたかない (Japanese)
鸣鸟不飞 (Chinese)
지저귀는 새는 날지 않는다 (Korean)

Groups Scanlating
Steve Scans Saezuru
Lustful Cat
Blue Spring Scans
Dangerous Pleasure

Latest Release(s)
c.48 by Steve Scans Saezuru 9 days ago
c.48 by Soup Scans 22 days ago
c.47 by Steve Scans Saezuru 1 months ago
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in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Ends at Vol 2, Chapter 7 (as of the first movie)

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1063 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.73 / 10.0

Last Updated
May 21st 2022, 6:02am



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
ihr HertZ (Taiyo Tosho)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Juné (6 Vols - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #347 decreased(-50)
Monthly Pos #286 increased(+150)
3 Month Pos #335 increased(+39)
6 Month Pos #317 decreased(-112)
Year Pos #211 decreased(-48)

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by Fati1367
November 26th, 2021, 6:27am
Rating: N/A
I just sing-in to say this ,GOAT
I read this manga from day one and never tired of waiting for updates
Yoneda kou is the best storyteller with a beautiful realistic way of drawing and depth in characters
Simply the best
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A hallmark for BL manga  
by OmNom
July 3rd, 2020, 8:54pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Without a doubt this series is Yoneda Kou's magnum opus, a work of a lifetime for sure. It all started out in a oneshot with the age-old premise of unrequited love, and got the darkest most devastating backstory of a character as the backbone to build this manga into the masterpiece that it is today. I had the luck to have been able to follow it since day 1, and in the decade seeing it grow and develop with my own eyes I can say with confidence this is definitely GOAT (greatest of all time) stuff. Yashiro is, without question, the best written, most complex and compelling main character in a BL manga to have ever existed, which isn't a statement I say lightly if you know me. And to think I can still discover new things to ponder over every time I revisit this story in all these years.. Truly a masterpiece.
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Hands down, one of the best...  
by JHax9999
August 11th, 2018, 10:37am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I'm not going to ramble on about the many amazing points of this manga. Other people have already done this, so I will just say this:

(mild spoilers ahead.)

I really love the look on Yashiro's face when he and Doumeki had sex for the first time. He looked absolutely devastated the whole time (like his heart was completely broken, and his weaknesses have all been laid bare) even though the man he loves is making passionate love to him and bringing him to climax like 4 times. That reaction is just one example of why this manga is so perfect. The emotion isn't spelled out for you, but you understand how significant a scene is by the subtle visual cues the mangaka put in. I really like that. It's one of the many things makes this manga stands out above so many others.

... Last updated on August 11th, 2018, 10:45am
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by willnira
June 2nd, 2018, 9:45pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I would say I have a good manga in each category and I must say this is my top 1 in the yaoi section. the characters might be the same (the drawing style) but they have story, its not like simple, the mangaka really earn a good rating in this. It has a plot, character and you can feel something when you are reading the manga. I love it. I want more.
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If majority of Yaoi stories were this good ....  
by Zara99
January 6th, 2018, 2:35pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I'm a beginner yaoi manga reader and I've tried so many times before to engage in the genre because I crave a good BL story but honestly, all those 'rape as love' and the 'boys that look more like girls' characters keep me away. Maybe the fault is mine for not knowing where to look for BL/yaoi that doesn't follow this formula. Then I stumbled by chance on 'Twittering Birds Never Fly' and got intrigued by the summary and the title. I've glanced at some random pages and man, I was hooked, line and sinker. Read the whole thing in one day. If only yaoi genre was dominated by this kind of quality manga...
Everything on it is great ... the story is intriguing, the art is beautiful... There is an effort that the reader has to make to interpret the characters and follow their evolution along the story. The side characters are interesting and the main pairing, Yashiro and Doumeki, make for an emotional couple to follow. They are not only sexy and alluring but there is chemistry in their relationship -- if such a thing exists in manga fictional characters. My only fear is that I am not for tragic endings so I am hoping so much that this is a history of redemption and happiness. After all, their current story is already a tale of tragedy and unhappiness so I'm guessing the twist would be if these two can beat the odds and be happy.

... Last updated on January 6th, 2018, 2:49pm
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One of the best Yakuza plots out there 9.5/10  
by cronus_girl
September 4th, 2017, 11:19pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I got to hand it down to Yoneda Kou sensei, when she makes characters, they really have a soul. They stick to their personalities and grow logically in their time frames. This unfinished, adult, dark, and angsty manga is one of my favorites, besides Bi no Kyoujin (which has a seemingly unending sequel too) and gokudou darling (fluffy, very light read with hot abs). For those who would like to start reading, please note the tags included (psychological, smut and tragedy) which are apparent all through out the manga. Also, sensei has been known to drop some of her great plot mangas, which is quite unfortunate (hopefully not this one too). Id give it a 9.5 simply because I cannot fathom a decent and fulfilling ending for the story. Since there is a tragedy tag, Im assuming it would not be a happy ending though. Still, it is a must read (just prepare to be hungry) for hardcore fujoshis out there.
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by Teabag
July 1st, 2017, 4:51pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
There is so much sexual tension between the main couple I f*cking love it. Each character has their own quirks and you'll probably fall in love with the relationships in the plot. AND LIMP D*CKS.
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Beautiful & Powerful Story  
by luminousbrink
June 22nd, 2017, 9:21pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I'm so happy I came back to this manga. I read it a few years ago up to ch. 10 and took a break ( I think also it went on hiatus for a little bit) and I liked it back then but maybe since I'm not a teenager anymore I appreciate the story more and the different layers. Yoneda Kou continually proves that in this genre of manga, and with manga in general, she has the skill and to create a moving piece of work. Her characters have come to life & the pain and struggle they experience is felt. Wonderful story development, art (as always) and an amazing and intriguing world are all things she has created. Please I advise anyone interested in one of the best mangas of the Yaoi/boys love genre, read goes way beyond expectation and doesn't rely solely on cheap baiting tactics, but rather a compelling narrative.

And Doumeki and Yashiro's relationship is so emotional....It will kick you in the stomach
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by rantipole
June 3rd, 2017, 7:16pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Profound. Psychologically real.
Yoshiro totally rocks. So does Doumeki.

Comparing this to any other yaoi manga is pointless.

... Last updated on June 4th, 2017, 9:27am
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A story worth its while  
by Everclear-san
April 17th, 2017, 2:52pm
Rating: N/A
The manga went on a hiatus for a while, I believe, but I recently came back to it, only to be delighted that it's picked up quite a bit. Pacing wise, the manga takes its time to develop the undercurrents of the main characters' motives. It's got the yakuza intrigue, but Yashiro's fetishes make him stand out a bit. Yoneda Kou doesn't skimp out on the violence and the political struggles of the yakuza culture, but it's not the focus of the manga either. At the heart of the story is Yashiro coming to terms with his self-imposed, sexual indifference to intimacy (and loneliness as a result) by the enforced sincerity of his impotent body guard Doumeki. Yoneda already hints to the prospect of a bittersweet ending in a few chapters if you read between the lines, but the story is worthwhile in how it fleshes out sexual abuse, loneliness and vulnerability to intimacy. Love it, and definitely a worthwhile read. The characters are by far the most developed I've seen (in ways that aren't in-your-face and superficial) and by far one of the few best mangas out there. Would read again.
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